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Fast Eddie Obama


Fergus Hanson


4 July 2008 14:18

Smells like a political correction. News from Fargo, NK that Senator Obama, might, on second thoughts, have to 'refine' his Iraq policy is another sign of the swing back to the centre as the Obama campaign moves from appealing to zealous Democratic primary supporters to the centre, that will help him win the actual election. It's not the first tack to the centre Senator Obama has made. There's been his switch on a wiretapping bill, a dramatic and politically devious backflip on campaign financing (those on the campaign email subscriber list are being bombarded with calls to contribute, backed up by implausible justifications supporting the candidate's new position) and more.

As David Brooks highlighted in this recent NYT op-ed, Republicans (and starry-eyed Democrats) have overlooked the 'Fast Eddie Obama': 'the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who’d throw you under the truck for votes'. Obama might be bringing change, but not too much. As Brooks put it: 'Even Bill Clinton wasn’t smart enough to succeed in politics by pretending to renounce politics'.